Red Wine Poached Pear, Ginger and Golden Raisin Rustic Tart and dinner with AJ’s brother

by Irvin on January 7, 2013 · 10 comments

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Red Wine Poached Pear, Ginger and Golden Raisin Rustic Tart by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“Now how come you didn’t feature photos of us on your blog last time you were here visiting Indiana?” asked AJ’s sister-in-law while we cut into the Red Wine Poached Pear, Ginger and Golden Raisin Rustic Tart that I had just made for all of us. This happens every now and then, when people find out that I blog. It’s either, “why didn’t you include me?” or “Oh I can’t believe you included that photo of me on your blog!” which, if you think about it, is really a lose-lose situation for me. Even though this blog is a “food blog” its really also a journal of my life with about 85% of the things I bake for real life events and share on here are for friends or loved ones and not just baking specifically for this blog (though, you know it does happen). Dinners, gatherings, parties and potlucks, any chance I have, I bake for them (hint, I’m a really good person to invite to your party – I’ll bring dessert!).

Red Wine Poached Pear, Ginger and Golden Raisin Rustic Tart. By Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Of course that also means that people occasional show up (or don’t show up AJ’s sister-in-law observed) on this blog. I had featured an apple caramel cookie that I had made for them last year, but somehow our hosts didn’t end on the post. Just as well, as the lighting in their place was less than ideal. This time round I busted out the speedlight flash to take photos, but sadly every time I tried to take a photo of said sister-in-law, she would put her hands up, telling me she didn’t want a photo of her. Well you can’t have it both ways now can you? Complaining to me that you want to be on the blog, but not letting me take a photo of you doesn’t quite work.

AJ's sister-in-law trying to avoid the paparazzi. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Nevertheless the dinner we had with AJ’s brother, sister-in-law and niece was awesome. They have a fabulous kitchen (I love making food in a well stocked kitchen) complete with a pro-range stove and oven. Someone remind me to get a pro-range stovetop and oven. Oh wait, remind me to get a real kitchen and actual home that allows for that first. AJ made his signature pizza for dinner while I made the above tart after being inspired by a recipe from one of the numerous cookbooks that I got for Christmas. Much to AJ’s chagrin, I keep on asking for cookbooks for the holidays and AJ’s family is very much thrilled to give them to me. I think I came back from the Midwest with an additional seven books (granted, I bought three of them while I was there), and lord knows where I am going to put them once we take down out Christmas tree (yes it’s still up, with my books underneath them. Don’t look at me like that, I know it’s slowly quickly moving into fire hazard territory).

AJ cutting up the beautiful pizza he just made. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The original tart that was featured in This is a Cookbook by Max Sussman and Eli Sussman is a rustic free form tart that just use pears and candied ginger but AJ’s brother happens to also be part owner of a wine store. So I knew that there would be excellent wine floating around their house. Wine-poached pears is a classic dessert, simple to make, elegant to serve. I thought I’d marry the idea of a poaching the pears in a mulled spiced wine and then turning it into a tart.

AJ, his brother and family sitting down to enjoy some pizza! Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Turns out that my instincts aren’t too far off. The dessert itself looked great all by itself and tasted just slightly holiday with the ginger and cinnamon that I added to the mix. But not enough that you couldn’t serve it any other time in the winter that wasn’t December. AJ’s niece actually stuck around for dessert, even though she was needed elsewhere, to help make appetizers for her New Year’s eve party that she was hosting the next day. She wolfed down the tart, then ran off to help her co-hosts. I hope it went well for her. Afterwards, AJ and I chatted with his brother and wife, drank more wine, ate more tart and talked about his loving but slightly dysfunctional family. You know, all the usual…

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

Mmm you always have the power to make my eyes happy and tummy jealous. This looks awesome!


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen January 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

I love that cookbook! I got it a couple months ago, made the latkes recipe, and ate every single one myself. So delicious 🙂

I actually bought all the ingredients for their pear tart too, and ended up not having a chance to make it before my pears all went bad. I like your version even better than what’s in the cookbook – everything is better with wine!


Belinda @zomppa January 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

It’s family, eh? What’s without a bit of drama? This tart is beautiful – brings the whole family together!


Joshua @ SlimPalate January 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Wow this is absolutely gorgeous Irvin. Love the colors of the tart and the whole rustic look. I bet that is so delicious. It’s killing me to have to look at that delicious looking tart. Too “naughty” for me so I will have to share this with my cousin who bakes all the time, because I bet she would die over this.


Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama January 8, 2013 at 8:28 am

I have a soft spot for rustic free form tarts. This one is stunning.


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

That tart looks super gorgeous. I like the addition of pears to this. I rarely use them in my baking and should use them more.


Debby Sunshine January 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

Hi Irvin!
Even though I’m a vegan, I am a big fan of your blog as it inspires me as to how I should be styling my own site. I love your writing style and my dream is to be able to take photos as wonderful as yours. Have you ever considered dabbling in some vegan recipes? I would be delighted if you did!!!


Irvin January 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

Thanks Debby! I do bake vegan but I haven’t done it in awhile. I’ll see if I can do a few vegan desserts in 2013 though! I love making food for everyone.

But to hold you over, you should bounce over to The Jolly Fox, who reads my blog pretty regularly. She’s vegan and has veganized a number of my recipes, including my mango brad, my papaya bread, my vanilla multigrain cookie and my carrot brownie layer cake. Plus she’s awesome!


Rachael (Fuji Mama) January 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Yep, my tree is STILL up. Should I even admit that? Oy. I hear ya on people and wanting to be/dreading being on the blog. There’s still a major disconnect with my family/in-laws about what it is I actually do and their understanding of my “little hobby.” But I digress…this tart looks absolutely incredible!


Lora January 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I loved the idea of poaching the pears in mulled wine. That must have really deepened the flavor. Gorgeous tart.


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